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St Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

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For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of St Pierre Cathedral. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. To visit St Pierre Cathedral on your trip to Geneva, use our Geneva itinerary planner.
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  • A restrained interior with some interesting items. If the weather is good, spring for the extra fee to go up the tower.  more »
  • Pretty Cathedral (Protestant, what height) which can be visited quite quickly. It is however imperative to visit the Observatory located at the top of the Cathedral, a 360 view you wait on Geneva and the Haute Savoie nearby. Absolutely beautiful, we can be not enough.
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  • Go early before it gets too busy and you can go up the towers and take in the views in quiet. We we there at 10:00. Very good panoramic views from the top.  more »
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  • The cathedral is under renovation this summer 2016. It's difficult to find a good vantage point to take a good picture of it. pity.
  • Stunning cathedral with incredible views of the city of Geneva and the Jet d'Eau. One of my favourite spots in the city.
  • The tower visit will be the highlight of any visit to Geneva. It is a little demanding physically, so be prepared to climb many, many stairs to reach the top, but the reward is well worth any soreness the next day. Do not miss the tower. Mediocre church as the reformation eliminated much of the beautiful artwork that once adorned the interior. For a taste of the original splendor, make sure you go to the Maccabees chapel in the back right corner of the sanctuary.
  • If you like your historic architecture, then this is one of the many gems Geneva has to offer. The interior may not be a richly embellished as we're use to seeing in many European cathedrals, but there is charm, towers, views and architectural genius here
  • Worth a visit just for the tower climb. Not as difficult a climb as some reviewers have suggested - took me around 5-10 minutes to walk up. Great 360 degree views of Geneva. Inside of the cathedral itself is nothing too special. It was nice to listen to an orchestra who were rehearsing when we visited.